Anemia During Pregnancy

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Anemia during pregnancy is most commonly caused by an iron deficiency. Being tested for anemia early in your pregnancy is a good idea, but may not be enough, since anemia may still develop as your pregnancy progresses


by: Susan Tanner

Anemia during pregnancy is most commonly caused by an iron deficiency. Being tested for anemia early
in your pregnancy is a good idea, but may not be enough, since anemia may still
develop as your pregnancy progresses.

Although anemia is caused by an iron deficiency in your body, you will not need
to worry too much about your baby, since he will be sure to get as much iron from
you as he needs. Your baby will only be in danger of suffering from anemia if
the situation is completely ignored.

How will I be able to tell if I am anemic?

Anemia should be easily identifiable in the blood tests that you take frequently
throughout your pregnancy. The baby will start drawing on your iron reserves much
more heavily around week 20, so you may develop anemia later in your pregnancy.

Common symptoms of anemia during pregnancy include:

* Feeling exhausted or weak

* Pale or light skin

* Fainting spells

* Palpitations

* Breathlessness

Who is most at risk?

Pregnant women who have poor nutrition, due to nausea and vomiting or simply
bad habits, are more at risk of developing anemia. Also, women who are carrying
multiple fetuses may be at a higher risk, as two babies will deplete iron stores
twice as much. Women who have two or more pregnancies relatively close together
may be at risk for similar reasons.

How much iron should I be getting?

The recommended daily allowance of iron is around 15mg for women trying to conceive.
Pregnant women will need to consume about twice that much each day. Your healthcare
provider may advise you to start taking an iron supplement, although these are
known to cause constipation, nausea, and vomiting. It may be wise to simply try
and include many iron rich foods such as spinach, dried fruits, or liver in your
diet.

Keep in mind that your choice of beverages and other foods will affect your rate
of iron absorption. Consuming foods rich in vitamin C along with the iron rich
foods will facilitate absorption, while consuming caffeine will hinder it.
 
 

About The Author

Susan Tanner is a wife and mother of three. She is also the editor of pregnancy-guide.net. Pregnancy-Guide is an online community for mothers to find support and valuable
information. Please visit Pregnancy-Guide at
http://www.pregnancy-guide.net.



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